First released in 1982, “Dé-coll/age Musik” draws from material dating between the late 1950’s and early 80’s – the results of Wolf Vostell’s application of décollage, the near perfect inversion of collage. Rather than gathered and assembled sounds – as with Musique Concrète, these are the result of subtractions from a former whole – the death of one, giving life to the next.
Swelling from the past, Vostell’s efforts pull the rug from beneath the common history of structured sound. A singular body with no loyalty, producing shocking results. A grinding confrontation – an intoxicating immersion in sound – as brutal as it is ecstatic – an exercise in joy. “Dé-coll/age Musik” assembles the essence of a creative spirit which is rarely known. Each work as radical and fresh today as the moment it was made.